Iditarod 2012 Update: Day Nine

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Iditarod 2012 Update: Day Nine
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With less than 120 miles to Nome and roughly 20 minutes separating first and second place sled dog teams, the battle for this year's Iditarod championship is coming right down to the wire.

Earlier this morning, Dallas Seavey blasted through Koyuk and pushed his team forward to Elim, the 18th checkpoint along the trail, situated along the coast of the Bering Sea and only 95 miles from Nome. Meanwhile, Aily Zirkle is nipping at Seavey's heels. Although Zirkle is trailing by 20 minutes, she is running a team of 12 dogs while Seavey is down to just 11, allowing her to gain ground and time on the leader with each passing mile.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for what is sure to be the final day of the 2012 Iditarod race! My money is on Zirkle to bring it all in, but I'll never count a Seavey out, so at this point it is anyone's guess! Who knows, maybe even last year's winner John Baker will pull some tricks out of his sleeve and jump from fourth to first down the home stretch!

Stick around for more updates right here, at I Has a Hot Dog!

Iditarod 2012 Update: The Final Day!

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Iditarod leader Dallas Seavey left the White Mountain checkpoint this morning, with only 77 miles and one final checkpoint separating himself from Nome and total victory over the toughest race in the world.

As it stands, Dallas Seavey has an hour lead on Aliy Zirkle and almost two hours on the third place musher, Ramey Smyth. The only question now, is whether or not Zirkle's 10 dog team can overtake Seavey's 9 dog team before he reaches Nome.

Iditarod officials announced this morning that they expect Seavey to arrive in Nome sometime between 5p.m. and 6p.m. this evening, so stay tuned for the final results of this year's race right here at

Let Him do Some Running For a Change!

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You guys think we should wait while Hoomin waters a tree? Nah. Let's go catch up with the food sledge...!

A Humble Man: John Baker, The 2011 Iditarod Champion

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John Baker is a veteran Iditarod competitor, native Inupiat Alaskan, and the first Alaska Native Iditarod Champion in 35 years.

In the video above, John Baker talks about his feelings and emotions when crossing the finish line to the sound of native drums and cheering fans, as well as his dogs, his strategy, and what it takes to compete in the world's toughest race.

To find out more about John Baker and his 2012 Iditarod team, visit teamjohnbaker.com!

Iditarod Musher Profiles: Zoya DeNure and Demon

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Zoya DeNure is a veteran musher and works at rehabilitating and rescuing dogs with her friend John Schandelmeier when not training for the Iditarod.

DeNure and Schandelmeier own and operate Crazy Dog Kennels, where 25 of their 45 sled dogs are rescues. "We're retraining these 'discarded' dogs and running them in the main team or placing them with the appropriate musher" says DeNure. "We're excited to say we're making a difference, one dog at a time."

For more info and photos on DeNure's 2012 Iditarod team or to learn more about Crazy Dog Kennels, you can check out dogsleddenali.com!

Iditarod 2012 Update: Day Five

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Day five is underway, and teams are already making their way toward Cripple, the tenth checkpoint on this year's Iditarod trail.

Musher Aily Zirkle, the woman who has dominated this year's race so far, has slipped to fourth place, with Jim Lanier now in the lead. John Baker has also dropped from second to seventh place, as mushers Trent Herbst and Mitch Seavey battle it out for second place.

Surprisingly, only one musher has scratched so far, which is rare this late in the race. Rookie Silvia Furtwängler threw in the towel last night after arriving at the Nikolai checkpoint due to concerns about her health.

For more real-time updates and in-depth coverage, go to Iditarod.com!

Iditarod 2012 Update: Day Three, Part Two

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The run to Nikolai this afternoon has been the most exciting leg of the Iditarod race so far, with Aliy Zirkle barely clinging to her lead as she headed on to McGrath checkpoint around 2p.m. this afternoon.

Last year's champion John Baker moved up ten spots to second place and four time champion Lance Mackey moved ahead 2 spots to secure third place, with 22 minutes separating first and second place and 33 minutes separating second and third place.

Look for the faster paced mushers like Mackey to take advantage of the shorter checkpoint distances and start gaining ground over the next several days.

Stay tuned for more Iditarod updates from I Has a Hot Dog!